Monkey Racing Set to Arrive on Android in November

Monkey Racing Set to Arrive on Android in November

Oct 30, 2014

Monkey Racing, a game from the same crew that brought us the cross-platform multiplayer hit Monkey Boxing, is set to drop on the Play Store shortly.

It looks to be a no-holds-barred, winner-takes-all kart racing affair, with arcade touches like customizable vehicles and bosses to boot.

Per the press release, features include:

- 80 tracks
- Unlock-able customizable vehicles in more than 40 million combinations
- 18 bosses to beat
- Supported languages: English, Italian, French
- Single and Multiplayer modes (add me on Game
- 89 rewarding achievements to unlock
- Improve your vehicle stats and make it faster
- Use any means to win: including missiles, shockwaves and shields
- no IAP

The game should cost $2.99, and as noted, will have no in-app purchasing.

The game is due out on November 6th; the trailer is below.

Amazon Appstore Offers App Treats for Halloween

Amazon Appstore Offers App Treats for Halloween

Oct 30, 2014

Amazon is all about treats this spooky season, and is giving away several premium games and utilities for free. The total package amounts to $115 worth of free stuff.

The games included in the promotion are:

• Alpha Wave ($1.25)

• Blocky Roads ($1.99)

• Braveland ($2.99)

• Can You Escape – Adventure ($0.99)

• Devil’s Attorney ($1.99)

• Eufloria HD ($4.99)

• Eve of the Genesis ($7.99)

• Fruit Ninja ($0.99)

• Gods VS Humans – Protect your Kingdom ($0.99)

• Hidden Object – Haunted House 2 ($1.99)

• Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage ($.0.99)

• Knock Knock ($4.99)

• Plants vs. Zombies ($0.99)

• Plants vs. Zombies WiFi Download Only ($0.99)

• Sonic Hedgehog 4 Episode I ($2.99)

• To Fu Fury ($1.99)

• Unpossible ($1.99)

• V for Vampire ($1.99)

• Web of Deceit: Black Widow Collector’s Edition (Full) ($2.99)

• World of Goo ($4.99)

The free utilities are:

• Ai.type keyboard plus ($3.99)

• Boxer Pro ($9.99)

• CarbsControl ($2.99)

• Easy Voice Recorder Pro ($3.99)

• Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO ($4.99)

• Human Anatomy Atlas ($29.99)

• Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5 ($29.99)

• MoneyWiz – Personal Finance ($4.99)

• Plex ($4.99)

• ScreenDim Full ($0.99)

• Timers4Me & Stopwatch Pro ($1.99)

There are also several Photography/Reading apps:

• BeFunky Photo Editor Pro ($1.99)

• Lapse It ($1.99)

• Repix ($1.99)

• Weird Park: Scary Tales ($2.99)

• Xninstant Camera Pro ($1.19)

The promotion runs from October 30th through November 1st, so hurry!

Flipboard Gets Big Update

Flipboard Gets Big Update

Oct 30, 2014

Flipboard, the popular personal magazine app for Android users, has just received a big update.

The third generation of Flipboard brings a refreshed look, and a bunch of refined features, especially for folks who use the app on their phones.

Excerpts from the explanatory blogpost detailing the changes:

1) With over 30,000 topics now available, your Flipboard can be as unique as you are. Topics range from “action hero” to “zoology” (and everything in-between), and you can find them via search or by tapping on the new topic tags on articles. Press “follow” every time you want to add something (or someone) to your Flipboard and watch as your experience becomes tailored to your life.

Topics are fueled by Zite’s technology but they’re also powered by people: Flipboard’s magazine makers, to be precise. Our “MagMakers” have curated over 10 million magazines around subjects they’re passionate about, often flipping in insightful articles, stunning photos and powerful videos and music. Our community’s hand-picked selections, indexed by our algorithms, yield a potent new mix of topical content you won’t find anywhere else. Take a look:

2) Want to catch up on the news in a fast, definitive way? Meet The Daily Edition, a carefully curated roundup of top headlines in news, business, tech, sports and culture, along with some fun elements, like a daily track and a Parting GIF to send you off on your day with a smile. Curated by the Flipboard team, The Daily Edition is currently available in editions for the U.S., UK, Latin America, U.S. Latino, Brazil and India, and is ready every day by 7:00 a.m. local time. You can find it among your tiles.

3) We’re rolling out an all-new design for the phone, where Flipboard has been re-imagined to be more magazine-like and elegant. Open Flipboard, and you’ll be immediately immersed in a highly-visual and up-to-the-minute stream of articles, photos and more based on your areas of interest. There are airy full-screen covers, fresh typography and a new navigational bar that lets you quickly access your home feed, your tiles, search, notifications and your profile.

4) The MagMakers among you will be excited to learn that there’s an updated look for profiles and a new Web tool called My Analytics, which offers an overview of how your curation is performing on Flipboard. And because we admire the work of our MagMakers, we’re launching a new series today called “My Magazine,” videos that spotlight inspiring people, their personal journeys and magazine expressions. Be sure to check out the clips and share your story with us using the #MyMagazine hashtag.

Flipboard is an app we truly love here at Android Rundown; we said as much when we reviewed it way back when. It remains completely free on the Play Store.

[Source: Flipboard Blog]

Boulder Dash – 30th Anniversary Comes to Android

Boulder Dash – 30th Anniversary Comes to Android

Oct 30, 2014

Boulder Dash – 30th Anniversary is now on Android.

From the Google Play page:

Boulder Dash-30th Anniversary™ is the first collaboration by Peter Liepa & Chris Gray, the two original creators of the multi-million unit selling Boulder Dash, since the first game in the series was released in 1984 by First Star Software, Inc.

Cave Explorers, Dig This! Boulder Dash-30th Anniversary finds our hero, Rockford™, facing a slew of new, exciting challenges in this legendary action puzzler. Dig through spectacular caves with 3D elements; avoid falling boulders; collect valuable gems and avoid nefarious enemies along the way as you search for the exit before time runs out. Discover treasure chests with rare collectibles and potent power-ups. With 200+ exciting levels, 10+ new, gorgeous and unique worlds, and 9 playable characters, Boulder Dash-30th Anniversary is the best game in its 30 year history. Start exploring today!

While remaining true to the classic gameplay and including all of your favorite, classic creatures and features, Boulder Dash-30th Anniversary introduces exciting new elements such as diagonal movement, using ramps, which opens up new and intriguing puzzles while creating a very different and organic look for the caves.

Features Include:
• 200+ all-new levels and more advanced physics
• Never-before-seen worlds and new creatures with 3D elements and animations
• New multicolored gem combos, treasure chests, rare collectibles and spectacular power-ups!
• All power-ups and cave packs featuring all worlds, additional creatures and features available as unlockables; or, as In-App-Purchases
• Play as Rockford or unlock/purchase 8 other playable male and female characters including Crystal
• First Boulder Dash game ever to include diagonal walls and movement

The game is available for free (with in-app purchase options) on the Play Store.

Droidcon London 2014 is Nigh

Droidcon London 2014 is Nigh

Oct 29, 2014

Droidcon London is just about here!

The large Android developer gathering has rolled round again, and will be running from October 30th through October 31st, 2014. This year, the conference will look to showcase interesting products and present a roster of influential speakers.

Per the official press release, Android technology that will be shown include:

- The largest Android Multitouch Table created by GLIP
- Sony’s SmartEyeglass – binocular, see-through eyewear with camera, GPS & sensors
- Epson’s Moverio smart glasses
- MyAppConverter’s cloud based, instant and automatic mobile code conversion service that enables native-to-native code conversion.

Speakers include:

- Chet Haase, lead of the Android UI Toolkit team at Google and stand-up comedian
- Juhani Lehtimaki, author of ‘Smashing Android UI’
- Eric Lafortune, Proguard author
- Lisa Neigut, Etsy developer
- Engineers from Soundcloud, Gradleware, CyanogenMod, Mozilla, Sony and Spotify.

Products from the Innovation Frontier will be shown, and there will be a Gaming Zone.

The conference will cost £475.

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TYLT Announces Two New Accessories

TYLT Announces Two New Accessories

Oct 28, 2014

TYLT is back. With more.

The smartdevice accessory maker that looks to continually merge high style with real world functionality, has just announced two new accessories.

First, we get to see the VU Wireless Charging Car Mount.

Simply place your smartphone on the VU Wireless Charging Car Mount to initiate charging – no need to plug in your phone. The three overlaid charging coils ensure your phone will connect and charge regardless of its size or orientation, and its spring loaded arms securely grip phones with up to 5.7″ displays. Mount the device to your dashboard or windshield with the extra strong Micro-Gel suction cup, and position your phone in horizontal or landscape view with the 180-degree rotating mount.

This unit works with Qi-enabled devices, can be used with the biggest smartphones on the market, and has an adjustable base.

It will be priced at $79.99

Also making its debut is the VU SOLO.

The perfect traveling companion or desktop accessory, the VU SOLO makes wireless charging easier than ever with its patent-pending alignment ledge, a physical marker that shows you exactly where to place your device in order to align it with the single Qi coil and initiate charging. Any micro-USB cable will power this charging pad, which provides a 1 Amp charge and 5 watts of power to your device once connected. The SOLO features an anti-slip silicone surface, 5 foot charging cable, built-in ventilation, and a micro-gel suction base.

The SOLO will carry a $39.99 price tag.

Both pieces will be available by the end of the year.

[Source: TYLT Press Release]

High School Students Launch Anti-Bullying Game

High School Students Launch Anti-Bullying Game

Oct 28, 2014

Just in time for Anti-bullying Month, we get to see unique app designed by young people — for everybody.

Two 11-yr-old students from North Ireland (in conjunction with North Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and Outsider Games) launched a new game at raising awareness of bullying behavior called Break the Bully. Grace McDermott and Mollie Massie and entered the app concept into a contest hosted by DCAL. Five winners were selected, and given the opportunity to have their concepts further developed into working prototypes.

Mollie and Grace partnered with Outsider Games a Northern Ireland games studio to create their game, which combines arcade-style fun with a thought-provoking anti-bullying quiz and is now available for FREE on the App Store and Google Play.

As part of the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure’s (DCAL’s) Creative Market Place programme earlier this year, young people from post-primary schools across Northern Ireland were invited to apply for the Schools Creative App Challenge to develop ideas for new mobile apps. The competition attracted 160 entries from over 500 young people and the objective of the challenge was to highlight the entrepreneurial potential of young people in the creative industries sector. In February this year five winning entries were selected by a dragons den style panel worked with local app developers to transform their idea into a working prototype.

Outsider Games worked with Grace and Mollie to bring the app to completion, and took this opportunity to launch Outsider Junior, an all-ages publishing imprint of Outsider games. Commenting on this exciting launch Stephen Downey of Outsider Games said “Grace and Molly have designed a really fun and innovative game that was an inspiration to work on. The App Challenge has provided a really great platform to showcase their creativity on an international scale.”

As noted, Break the Bully is available on the Play Store, and is completely free.

Hats off to Grace and Mollie!!!

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Amazon Adds Appstore Functionality to Regular Amazon App

Amazon Adds Appstore Functionality to Regular Amazon App

Oct 27, 2014

It looks like Amazon is working to streamline its Android app offerings with some improvements to the main Amazon app.

The Amazon Appstore used to be a standalone app which is/was independent of the main shopping app. If one uses the recently released Prime Instant Video app, that would makes three apps Amazon customer would potentially have to install on their devices.

It looks like one of those apps can now be somewhat retired, as Amazon has consolidated the Appstore functionality into the main Amazon app. Now users can manage apps via the app section nestled in the three-line menu to the upper left of the Amazon app. The user interface is quite similar to that of the standalone app, and, at first glance, gives users the same management tools.

The Amazon Appstore is still available for folks who prefer the standalone experience.

As for watching Prime streaming content, that standalone app is still required; it would be great if that could be blended into the main app as well.

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[Source: Android Community]

Tapjoy Partner Apps Get Halloween-themed Updates

Tapjoy Partner Apps Get Halloween-themed Updates

Oct 27, 2014

Tapjoy is letting folks know that some of its partner apps are getting Halloween-inspired updates.

The press post (edited for Android specificity) is below:

It’s that time of year again, when black cats saunter suspiciously through the streets, cobwebs cover every corner, and jack-o-lanterns light the night with their eerie glow. All of which can only mean one thing – our favorite apps are getting a special Halloween update!

Dozens of Tapjoy partners are updating their apps for the holiday, and below we are highlighting for you some of the most notable updates. Be sure to check out all the scary fun, and look for the upcoming Tapjoy.com currency sale to earn bonus virtual currency in most of the apps mentioned here.

The Price is Right Bingo, by Ludia

Come on down! You’re the next contestant on The Price Is Right Bingo! Play the bingo game based on the longest-running game show in television history. The latest version includes an all-new Halloween room with special, spooky gameplay. A new collection is available to help you unearth your favorite monsters, and you can get the Daub-for-your-life while it’s still available (the daub, not your life!).

Battle Camp, by PennyPop

Dare to clash with rampaging dragons and fire-belching warthogs? Then join Battle Camp, a persistent virtual world filled with legendary monsters and ancient evils. Get the latest update featuring a new Halloween virtual world, where you must fight the demon boss. Get exclusive Halloween monsters and costumes! Update available beginning a week before Halloween. Event is on now!

Kill Shot, by Hothead Games

Zombies have overtaken the local county fair in this sniper-based First Person Shooter game, and it’s up to you to contain the outbreak. The new version of Kill Shot features five different types of zombies: Walkers, Runners, Armored Dead, Blisters and Hurlers, all depicted in stunningly horrifying 3D. Players must choose their favorite weapon from among a selection of high-powered guns, including a brand new Anti-Zombie Rifle, to seek and destroy the zombie hordes before it’s too late.

Growtopia, Robinson Technologies Corporation

This creative sandbox platformer MMO gets a scary makeover complete with ghosts, goblins and haunted mansions. Explore a universe of over 70 million user-created worlds, all persistent and connected to each other, and check out all the Halloween-themed worlds created for the holiday.

Family Feud 2, Ludia

Survey says…it’s time to play Family Feud & Friends 2. Enjoy new graphics, all new surveys and special twists allowing you to boost your scores. This spooky Halloween update makes playing everyone’s favorite community game even sweeter. Enjoy Halloween-related questions and new, unique medals, plus discover the all-new tournament mode!

The Sandbox, Pixowl

Zombies, Mummies and other creatures of the night are available in the latest version of this world-building, hidden-gem game. Craft your spooky worlds and share them in the Online Gallery during this Halloween season!

The games are all available on the Play Store.

[Source: Tapjoy Blog]

G5 Hosts “Spooky” Halloween Sale

G5 Hosts “Spooky” Halloween Sale

Oct 27, 2014

G5 is getting spooky with a Halloween Sale.

It looks to be a cross-platform affair, and the Android specific titles included are listed below:

- Abyss: the Wraiths of Eden – 99¢ on Google Play and Amazon Appstore
- Dark Arcana: The Carnival – 99¢ on Google Play and Amazon Appstore
- Letters from Nowhere 2 – 99¢ on Google Play and Amazon Appstore
- Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings – 99¢ on Google Play and Amazon Appstore
- Tales from the Dragon Mountain: the Strix – 99¢ on Amazon Appstore
- Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel – 99¢ on Google Play and Amazon Appstore
- Twin Moons – 99¢ on Google Play and Amazon Appstore
- Red Crow Mysteries: Legion – 99¢ on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

The sale runs from today, October 27th 2014 through November 2nd 2014. As noted, the games are available on the Play Store and/or Amazon Appstore.

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MIRAGE 2.0: unrecorded essence of offline communication

MIRAGE 2.0: unrecorded essence of offline communication

Oct 27, 2014

mobli Media has announced MIRAGE2.0, an updated version of its ephemeral instant messaging app. We got the chance to speak with CEO Moshe Hogeg. “Ephemeral messaging imitates the feeling of a natural, real-life, unrecorded conversation.”

MIRAGE was launched by mobli in July 2014. The stand-alone app is an instant messaging platform that enables users to send and receive messages that disappear after a few seconds. The app’s interface is based on a one-tap principle. As soon as the user opens the app, all of their contacts are immediately available. Even if a contact does not have the app installed, they can receive the message from a link via SMS.

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MIRAGE is focused around ephemeral messages: messages that disappear just seconds after the receiver opens them. CEO of mobli Media, Moshe Hogeg, thinks that these kinds of messages are important, because of the way that people communicate in real life. When we say something, the message will disappear as soon as the receiver heard it and there is no non-technical way to retrieve them.

This form of communication is very different when compared to digital communication, where the reader or viewer can always look back at what he or someone else said. “The first generation of communication apps focused mainly on providing us with ways to communicate that were not possible without technology. However, we are now seeing a break away from these forms of now ‘traditional’ communication technologies”, says Hogeg.

“Ephemeral messaging imitates the feeling of a natural, real-life, unrecorded conversation. People are seeking out messaging apps that enable a sense of light, easy and free conversation. We don’t need to examine every word, or make sure that every picture is exactly right. It frees us to have a normal conversation, digitally.” Also, Hogeg would like to point out that nothing is recorded or stored. “It’s making our digital communications real.”

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MIRAGE is an app where people can send text, voice, photo and video messages within one application. However, Hogeg doesn’t think that there are ‘too many’ options, compared to apps specifically designed to do one thing. “The user interface is incredibly simple and easy to navigate. Everything can be done with one simple tap.”

“In fact, I think that because we have created an app where users can very simply switch between voice recordings, photo messages, video messages and text messages, whether sending these to an individual or a group, we are making the experience for our users much easier because they can come to MIRAGE, and do all of these things within the one app simply by tapping and swiping the screen. It’s that simple.”

And what it gives them in return is one single app that they can enter to have their online communications that comes with an “incredibly fun and empowering feeling of spontaneity and privacy that emulates their offline interactions”. The MIRAGE app, designed to take the dynamic, spontaneous and unrecorded essence of offline communications into the digital world, is now available in the Google Play Store.

From The Editor’s Desk: Android Health Trippin’

From The Editor’s Desk: Android Health Trippin’

Oct 27, 2014

Hey y’all!

So… it’s been a short while since I took over the reins here at Android Rundown. I’m still working to fill the big shoes left behind by CD; it has been an interesting process. My advice? Go give your boss a hug right now.

One thing that has been truly on my mind for personal reasons is connected health. Health living is all the rage now, and it becomes more achievable with the concept’s intersection with mobile technology. Health trackers, blood pressure and heart monitors, health apps, etc. They all have the potential to help folk meet their respective health goals.

With this in mind, we are taking a look at fitness tools with an Android component. In conjunction with ChurchMag, we’ll be reviewing a myriad of tools and apps as part of the Android Rundown Health Series. Plus we’ll see firsthand how they help a real life person reach goals. Best of all, we have an interesting guinea pig that has foolishly agreed to open themselves up while doing this project.

As far as tools go, the term “varied” comes to mind; companies like Withings, Adidas, Oregon Scientific, Under Armour, Misfit, Samsung, Arkon and Pear gave us some of their gear to try out. We will see how they work in the real world, especially when paired with their respective Android companion applications. We’ll look at unique apps that interface with several of these apps, like Runkeeper. And, we got some cool interviews from executives at Adidas and Withings.

For a taste of the AR Health Series, check out our opening review of the Withings Connected Weight Scale.

All in all, it is going to be a fun endeavor. I think. I hope. In the mean time, pray for me (yes, I’m the insane subject of this project.).

Something tells me I am going to need it.